Spiritual Friendship – June 07, 2023

Fr. John Eckert joins Patrick for a conversation about Spiritual Friendship

  • (3:16) – Child hood Friendships
  • Albert – Spiritual friends that keep me on track – men’s group
  • James – revert to the faith: The Lord courted me through a Baptist brother back to Catholicism
  • Pablo – How can I love my neighbors when it brings so much anxiety to me. My shyness has brought me closer to God, but I’ve never had a real friend.
  • Brenda – Friendship has been very important in my faith life. My dear friend is in extreme pain all the time, and when my mom died he comforted me even though he was in his own pain. If someone in that much pain can feel like, then I can too and I’m closer to God than ever before
  • (40:49)  – Who were Jesus’ friends?
  • Denny – I have several people who have blessed me along the way to becoming a Catholic and I’m so thankful for them
Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.